Protect your hands and fingers from the effects of working on your computer
Discomfort in the little finger is a characteristic sign of “carpal tunnel” syndrome at an early stage. The pain can then spread to the arms, shoulders and neck. That is why this syndrome is often confused with osteochondrosis.
- Hands can otherwise withstand great strain (load). The weak side is the carpal tunnel. Nine tendons and a central nerve pass through the carpal tunnel. Due to the constant monotonous movements of the hands (for example, working on a computer), the pressure on the channel increases. The nerve hurts. There was pain in the wrist. Numbness of the fingers occurred.
- Fold the palms of both hands in front of the chest (as for prayer). Keep your hands in this position for about one minute. Slowly relax your arms. A person has carpal tunnel syndrome if tingling and pain in the fingers occur in that short time.
- Raise your arms above your head. Hold your hands in this position for about one minute. Discomfort occurs after the expiration of time if everything is fine with your hands.
- Hold the top of a small bottle (half a liter) filled with water with your thumb and forefinger. If you have any kind of pain at that point then the situation is serious. Professional medical help is needed.
- Keep your elbows bent close to your body when working on the computer. Elbows should not hang in the air.
- Straightened arms require stronger muscle effort. Use special accessories for the wrists (mouse with pillow, mini gel pillow, vertical mouse). A soft object can be placed under the hand and the hands raised.
- Deeper neck muscles are damaged if the elbows “hang” in the air without support. This causes pain in the neck, back, head and upper back. The whole forearm should have support. The wrist joint must not be “broken”.